The Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion invites applications for an open-ended Lectureship (Teaching and Research) in Hellenistic History.

As part of an ongoing programme of investment and development, the School of History, Archaeology and Religion is pleased to offer an exciting new opportunity to join our team as a Lecturer in Hellenistic History. The role is to deliver high-quality, research-led teaching (and activities related to teaching), developing, delivering and evaluating undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of study, and acting as a personal tutor to students. You will engage with and contribute to research in your field through participation in relevant events and activities, and carry out academic administrative duties within the School as required. You will also supervise and support postgraduate research students. You will pursue excellence in research, teaching and enterprise and inspire others to do the same. You will be provided with office space as well as access to funding for conferences and travel to pursue developments in research activity.

We are seeking candidates who complement and enhance our current teaching and research programme and existing areas of expertise. You will contribute to the continued development of the School’s teaching in Ancient History, with a focus on Hellenistic history. You will also be expected to contribute to jointly-taught core modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to supervise projects and dissertations. Additionally, you may be involved in providing interdisciplinary modules within the School. While developing your own research portfolio, you will be expected to build postgraduate research within your areas of expertise.

You should have a PhD (or equivalent) and teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level, in Ancient History or related subjects. Applicants should also have excellent communication and IT skills, to include the ability to present complex and specialist concepts clearly to others, using high-level skills and a range of media.

You will join a School that is internationally recognised for its research and teaching. The School of History, Archaeology and Religion is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, and was recently awarded an Athena SWAN bronze award.

This is a full-time post (35 hours per week). The post is available immediately and is open-ended.

Salary: £39,347 – £44,263 per annum (Grade 6).

Career Pathway: Teaching & Research.

For informal enquiries regarding this post, please contact Professor James Hegarty, Head of School ([email protected]) or Dr Ruth Westgate, Head of Section: Ancient History and Religion ([email protected]).

Date advert posted: Monday, 31 July 2023

Closing date: Monday, 28 August 2023

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Cardiff University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their research, not publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which the research is published. More information is available at:  Responsible research assessment – Research – Cardiff University

Job Description

Main Function

To deliver high-quality and research-led teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and to contribute to the research record of the School through a commitment to carrying out research, leading to high-quality outputs and other forms of impact. To pursue excellence in research, teaching and enterprise and to inspire others to do the same.

Main Duties & Responsibilities


-To conduct research into the history of the Hellenistic world and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs, including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals, conferences and/or other research outputs, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.

-To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals.

-To give conference/seminar papers at a national or international level.

-To participate in School research activities.


-To design and deliver teaching at all levels in Ancient History, with a focus on the Hellenistic world, including contributing to the development of optional and core modules as part of a module team, and supervising project work and dissertations.

-To carry out other forms of scholarship including work associated with assessments / examinations (setting and marking assessments and providing constructive feedback to students), administration, participation in committee work, and the pastoral support of students of Cardiff University

-To carry out course evaluation, including facilitating student feedback, reflecting on own teaching design and delivery, and implementing ideas for improving own performance.

-To inspire undergraduate and postgraduate students under the guidance of a mentor / module leader and develop skills in assessment methods and in providing constructive feedback to students.

-To supervise the work of students, including the supervision of undergraduate and taught postgraduate students and the co-supervision of postgraduate research students.

-To provide pastoral guidance through both acting as a Personal Tutor and providing support and advice to students.


-To participate in School committees and administration and in activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world.

-To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and will enhance performance in the role of Lecturer.

-To engage effectively with commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable partnerships, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.

-Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

1.    Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or relevant experience

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

2.    An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant experience in the field of Hellenistic history, preferably with a focus on Egypt or the eastern parts of the Hellenistic world.

3.    Teaching experience at undergraduate/postgraduate level

4.    Knowledge of the current status of research in Hellenistic history

5.    Proven ability to publish in national journals and/or other research outputs

6.    Proven ability or the potential to be successful in competitive research funding

7.    Ability to contribute to the delivery and continued development of modules across the School’s teaching programmes

Pastoral, Communication and Team Working

8.    Excellent communication skills with a proven ability in effective and persuasive communication and the ability to present complex and conceptual ideas clearly to others using high-level skills and a range of media

9.    The ability to provide appropriate pastoral support to students, to appreciate the needs of individual students and their circumstances, and to act as a personal tutor

10.    A willingness to take responsibility for academically related administration

Desirable Criteria

1.    Expertise in a specialist area that complements the existing strengths of the Ancient History staff, such as gender and sexuality, material culture, or the reception of the ancient world.

2.    Proven ability to teach either Greek or Latin at elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels

3.    Relevant professional qualification(s)

4.    Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the teaching and research activities of the School

5.    Evidence of engagement with audiences beyond academia

6.    Evidence of willingness to contribute to the civic mission of the university

7.    Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community

Additional Information

Candidates will be asked to submit the following with their application:

-A covering letter explaining and evidencing how they meet the criteria for this post and their research plans for the next two years. Candidates should also make clear in this letter how they see their work having an impact on wider society.

-A full curriculum vitae and list of publications.

-A one-page outline of a 20-credit Level 6 module related to Hellenistic history, which would be suitable for final-year undergraduates in Ancient History (typically 200 study hours, including 30 contact hours, of which 20 should involve active learning, such as seminars, workshops, field trips or other activities. When outlining the module, please consider how it will extend current teaching provision in the School.

As part of the interview process, shortlisted candidates will also give a 15-minute presentation to staff on “How my research informs my teaching”.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor James Hegarty, Head of School ([email protected]) or Dr Ruth Westgate, Head of Section: Ancient History and Religion ([email protected]).